Update on Leiji Matsumoto (November 19, 2019)

The Kita-Q International Manga Fest event has announced that Leiji Matsumoto canceled his appearance at the November 30, 2019 event for health reasons. The event will be held at West Japan General Exhibition Center in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka from November 30-December 1, 2019.

Matsumoto was hospitalized in Turin, Italy on November 15, 2019 after collapsing, but his condition eventually stabilized the following day. There has been no updates on Matsumoto’s health status since November 16, 2019. At that time, his Japanese office said it was not clear when Matsumoto will return to Japan as he will remain hospitalized for the time being.

Source: ANN

Sazae-san Extends Its Guinness World Record for Longest Animated Show and Earns Another for Its Lead Actress

Midori Kato, voice actress of Sazae in the Sazae-san anime, received the Guinness World Record for “the longest career as a voice actor for the same character in an animated television series” on November 17, 2019. In addition, the Guinness World Records committee extended the world record for the “longest-running animated television series” for the Sazae-san anime.

In 2013, the show was awarded the Guinness World Record for longest-running animated television series.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces New Publishing Acquisitions at Anime NYC

VIZ Media announced new publishing acquisitions scheduled for release throughout the summer of 2020 during its official panel held at Anime NYC.

From the Eisner award-winning horror master Junji Ito, Venus in the Blind Spot is a “best of” hardcover collection of creepy tales featuring special interior color pages and illustrations. A new Splatoon manga series was also announced for fans of all ages: Splatoon: Squid Kids Comedy Show is a series of gag comics filled with Inkling antics from the hit Nintendo video game.

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.

VENUS IN THE BLIND SPOT by Junji Ito
This ultimate collection presents the most remarkable short works of Junji Ito’s career, featuring an adaptation of Rampo Edogawa’s classic horror story “Human Chair” and fan favorite “The Enigma of Amigara Fault.” In a deluxe presentation with special color pages and color illustrations from his most recent long-form manga No Longer Human, every page invites readers to revel in a world of terror.

SPLATOON: SQUID KIDS COMEDY SHOW by Hideki Goto
New Inklings take center stage as they and their friends embark on hilarious escapades in the world of Splatoon, the hit video game series from Nintendo.

FUNimation Entertainment Announces Additions to Its Streaming Catalog

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will add the following anime from its partnership with Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment to its catalog on November 19, 2019:

  • Gravitation: Lyrics of Love original video anime
  • Big Windup! Season 2
  • Looking Up At The Half-Moon
  • A Town Where You Live
  • Please Teacher!
  • Please Twins
  • Sketchbook ~full color’S~

Gravitation: Lyrics of Love will stream in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. The other anime will stream in the United States and Canada.

Source: ANN

Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld: Episode 6 – “Battle of the Knights”

The first four minutes of the episode see the collapse of the Eastern Gate after the Final Load Test, but it’s drawn out with shots of both the dark realm and the human realm, with text explaining who important characters are. This even includes Alice, who the audience should know she is by now. We even see the battle just beginning before we finally get to the opening credits.

After the credits, the rest of the episode focuses on the battle at the Eastern Gate. On one flank, we have Deusolbert, the Integrity Knight who uses flaming arrows. He’s doing a pretty good job of starting to thin out the forces headed his direction. But when runs out of arrows, the tide seems to start to turn. But Deusolbert has a trick up his sleeve when it comes to attacking the leader of the enemy before him.

On another flank, we have Fanatio. Her ability is quite impressive, and is enough to shake up even the leader of the enemy she’s fighting. But this enemy seems to start wigging out and starts glitching something fierce. But it’s enough to cause problems for Fanatio. But the tide turns when Dakira jumps in to protect her. There’s an emotional scene here between Fanatio and Dakira. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite have the emotional impact for me as it was meant to, since I really don’t remember Dakira from Sword Art Online: Alicization. If she played any kind of important role in the previous season, I seriously have no memory of it.

While these two flanks are doing well, the third one is having major issues. They are headed by an Integrity Knight who just recently became a knight, while the other is unreliable. You could tell just how unreliable this knight was from his reactions before the battle even started. The situation is made worse when the enemy attacking this flank use a smokescreen to distract them. In the craziness of the smokescreen, the unreliable knight runs away. The last shot in this episode is of this unreliable knight cowering in a supply tent, looking like they’re ready to piss their pants. How did this character become a knight in the first place if they’re such a coward?

But right before this, we see Alice on top of her dragon, and she suddenly creates what looks like some kind of energy ball. What the significance of this will be for the battle remains to be seen.

And now I’m going to ask the same question I’ve asked for the previous two weeks: Where. The. Hell. Is. Asuna? Three episodes after her dive into Underworld, we still haven’t seen hide nor hair of her anywhere. Where is she? What is she doing? It would be nice to at least see that she made it to Underworld. Hopefully soon.

But I am a little concerned about how the pacing for the story is going to go for the remainder of the Fall 2019 season. When looking at the shots for the opening credits, we’ve seen a lot of what’s already been focused on, and that quite a few of the focus shots are on the battle. I’m starting to think that the second half of the season is going to be focusing on the battle at the Eastern Gate, and fear that the pacing is going to bog down going forward. I hope I’m wrong, but knowing the pacing issues that Sword Art Online: Alicization had, this is a realistic fear.

Tsubasa Yonaga Limits His Work Due to Dysphonia

Voice actor Tsubasa Yonaga and his agency Ken Production have announced on Monday that he is limiting his work due to dysphonia. He will continue to work on titles and appear at events only that have already been announced or are currently in production.

The announcement explained that Yonaga’s dysphonia began around the end of 2018, but he continued his activities as normal. The decision to limit part of Yonaga’s activities was made on account of his ongoing condition after receiving recommendations from doctors and having discussions with related companies and staff members.

Yonaga’s anime roles include Yowamushi Pedal‘s Sangaku Manami, IDOLiSH7‘s Mitsuki Izumi, Free!‘s Nagisa Hazuki, Chihayafuru‘s Tsutomu Komano, All Out!!‘s Mitsuo Hanadate, Love Stage!!‘s Izumi Sena, and Cardfight!! Vanguard‘s Aichi Sendō.

Source: ANN

Manga Planet Manga Subscription Service Launches

The Manga Planet manga subscription service launched on November 18, 2019. The service costs US$6.99 per month, and the subscription allows users unlimited access to English-translated manga on the service.

The company will launch the following titles from LEED Publishing Co., Ltd. and San-Ei Corporation Co., Ltd during November 2019:

  • Toward the Terra by Keiko Takemiya
  • Hana Gurui by Fumi Shimomura
  • Gairav by Syufo Itahashi
  • Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft and Satoshi Ogawa
  • Inugami Kai by Masaya Hokazono
  • Hoshi Demitasse by Yusu Matsumoto
  • My Favorite Carrera by Kia Asamiya

The first chapters of Hoshi Demitasse and My Favorite Carrera are available now, along with the first chapter of Yasunori Kasuga and Umiharu’s After School! manga.

Manga Planet is also working with publishers Bunkasha Publishing Co., Ltd.; Kaiohsha Publishing Co., Ltd.; Wani Books Co., Ltd.; Tokuma Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd.; Shodensha Publishing Co., Ltd.; Home-sha, Starts Publishing Corporation, K.K. HarperCollins Japan, and MugenUp Inc. The company is also working with individual artists such as Masaya Hokazono.

Manga Planet started as a joint project between Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. and Fantasista, Inc. in 2012. The companies’ goal with Manga Planet is to “[bring] new manga to fans from all over the world and support artists and the industry.”

Source: ANN